Government of New Brunswick


Issuance of bear hunting licences to residents of NB and non-residents.


Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must be a resident as defined in the Fish and Wildlife Act and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence.

Non-Resident: Must be 16 years of age, must show proof of identity and must not be restricted from purchasing a New Brunswick Hunting Licence. May purchase a licence in any Wildlife Management Zone in which the annual quota has not been depleted for that year.

Hunter Education Requirements:
• Resident and Non-Resident Hunters born on or after January 1, 1981 and all first-time hunters must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course.
• Hunters born previous to 1981 may present a previous hunting licence as proof of hunting experience.
• All bow hunters and crossbow hunters must complete a recognized stand-alone Bow Hunter Education course, or have proof of a previous hunting licence allowing use of a bow or crossbow.
• Conservation Education certificates from other provinces, territories and states are valid in New Brunswick.

Young Hunters:
• 16- and 17-year-old hunters who wish to purchase a Resident or Non-Resident Bear Licence must show proof of a Firearm Safety / Hunter Education Course and two years hunting experience.
• While hunting, they must be accompanied by an adult holder of a valid Deer or Bear Licence who has two years of experience hunting deer or bear.
• Proof of experience may be copies of previous hunting licences or the hunter may sign a "Certificate of Having Held a Hunting or Fur Harvester's Licence".
• 16- and 17-year-old hunters must purchase their bear licence from a Service New Brunswick centre or a licensed outfitter.


Bear hunting licences provide hunting opportunities while managing bear populations. The bag limit is one black bear per licence (maximum 2 licences). Upon harvesting and registering a black bear, a person may purchase a second Black Bear Licence. Licences are valid for hunting during the spring and fall black bear hunting seasons in a calendar year.

Resident Black Bear Licences are valid for all Wildlife Management Zones open for black bear hunting.

Non-Resident Black Bear Licences are valid only for the Wildlife Management Zone specified on the licence.

Non-Resident hunters may acquire Black Bear Licences in either of the following two methods:
(a) Through a designated, licensed outfitter or guide who has received an allocation of Non-resident Black Bear Licences.
(b) By entering and being successful in the computerized random access draw. Application information and procedures are available from Service New Brunswick and Natural Resources offices or on the Internet (see "Forms and Packages Links" below).

In the case of a non-resident, the purchase of a second license will depend on availability directly from an outfitter or guide with an allocation of non-resident licenses or from the Department of Natural Resources.

Non-residents, before entering the draw, please read important details found in the "Non-Resident Bear fact sheet" found under the "Forms and Packages" section on this page.

Contact your nearest Natural Resources office or click on the link under the "Related Links" menu on this page for a list of guides.

UNCLAIMED LICENCES - Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You must pay for your licence(s) when you call.

You will need:
- Each hunter's name
- Mailing address
- Date of birth
- Telephone number

A licence validation sticker(s) will be mailed to the purchaser, DNR District Office, or outfitter/guide.

Non-Resident Draw application period: January 25 to February 28, 2016
Results available: March 7 to March 24, 2016
Purchase your licence: Before March 24, 2016
Unclaimed licences: Available April 4, 2016

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
2009 NR Fee changes.pdf,
2012-NR Fish and Wildlife Licences and Applications.pdf


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
  Resident Bear Licences + $5 conservation fee37.002010-01-04
  Bear Licence (Seniors 65+) + $5 conservation fee18.002010-01-04
  Non Resident Bear Draw - Application Fee26.252011-12-20
  Non Resident Bear Licences + $20 conservation fee143.002010-01-04
  Non-Resident Guide Exemption Permit150.002012-01-04
  Replacement Licences Bear5.252012-01-04
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